Clogged gutters are a lot more than a simple annoyance. Gutters have an important role in keeping your roof in good condition, your foundation safe, and keeping water away from your home. When they become clogged, acting quickly can reduce the risk of damage.
Most people do not give their gutters much thought until they do become clogged and they wind up with a damaged roof. Clogged gutters can cause a lot of costly damage.
Gutter Issues and the Damage They Cause
Your roof is the first system that is at risk when your gutters are clogged. Gutters help the runoff from the roof have a place to go instead of sitting on the roof.
A brief summer rainstorm can dump over 1,400 gallons of water on your roof. When you have high-functioning gutters, the water seamlessly moves away from the roof and the structure. When your gutters are clogged, it can actually be worse than not having any gutters at all on your roof.
The clogged gutters will fill up with water and that water will weigh down the gutter. This will put unnecessary stress on your roof. Of course, the water will have to go somewhere. When the gutter becomes overfilled, the water will spill across the edge of the roof; the rest will become stagnant in the gutter.
Another important job of a highly functional gutter system does is to move water away from your foundation. Clogged gutters are not doing their job, and again, it can be worse for your foundation to have clogged gutters than to have no gutters at all.
Typically when your gutters are clogged, the clog is worse in some areas than others. The area that is more clogged will spill more water and pelt the same area of your foundation. This can cause major issues for your property, such as flooding and structural problems.
Get Gutter Repair
There is a simple solution for dealing with gutter issues. Turn to the Westfield roofing company that specializes in keeping your gutters and roof in top condition. For more information, contact us today.